Lets Go Lakers wrote:Touche. I never said DJ was a dominant defender. Just that he is a factor. But single stats can be misleading. For instance, the Clips led the league in scoring while Indy likes to play a slower pace, so it's not surprising the Clips gave up a few more points. The Clips did have the 2nd best point differential only behind SA. And I think that is a big indicator of how good of a team you really is.
Like I said, the guy is a presence. He has to be due to his height/size, almost by default. But I don't consider him an elite defender. Not with his terrible and slow footwork and inability to cover ground. He is a presence nonetheless.
You realize it's not about the Clippers or the Pacers scoring more or less, right?
It's about the differential of them on the court. If you made the point production the same for both teams it looks like this:
Opponent PPG On/Off
DJ- On 106.1, Off- 106
Hibbert- On 106.1, Off- 108.7
Hibbert is more important to his team's defense than Jordan. Jordan is a worse defender by that metric. The only metric in which Jordan is a comparable or better defender is in the total blocks output which is a bit of a misleading stat. Howard and Ibaka are good shot blockers, but they're not necessarily the great defenders that say Gasol and Hibbert are. Bill Russell blocked a lot of shots, but he also lead his defense like few others in the game have done. He's a great defender. Jordan is just a flashy athlete with a ton of physical talent and not much going on between his ears.